Fujitsu has just got involved in the digital note taking space with two new products that were released a couple of months ago. The A5 has a 10.3 inch screen and we recently conducted an extensive review on it and the A4, has a 13.3 inch screen. One of the benefits of the larger screen is that it reads 8×11 pieces of paper in their native resolution, so you do not have to pinch and zoom.
The Quaderno A5 features a 10.3 inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1872×1404 with 227 PPI. The Quaderno A4 has a 13.3 inch screen with a resolution of 2200 x 1650 with 207 PPIt. They both have a capacitive layer for touchscreen interactions, which allows you to swipe/gesture to turn pages of a PDF file, but also pinch and zoom. The Wacom layer provides support for the accompanied stylus to make notes, highlights, annotations or draw. One of the great things about the screen, is that it is not glass, but plastic. This not only makes it light, but also drawing on a plastic screen is a way better experience than a slab of glass.
The A5 and A4 are powered by a Marvell IAP140 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. You can connect up to the your computer with the Fujitsu Desktop software via Wifi or Bluetooth. Battery life is promised at 3 weeks, so long as you are only “browsing a PDF document for 60 minutes / 30 pages a day.
One thing I like about these devices is that they work with a number of Fujitsu wireless scanners and handheld scanners, so you can transfer documents right to the Quaderno. The Fujitsu Desktop software will also let you transfer ebooks and PDF files from your PC/MAC directly to the e-note and let you know when a new firmware update is available.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.